My first swing at EVE Online Anomalies

evil pirate NPC getting what he deserves

I woke up yesterday looking forward to a day of running anomalies (ratting) but first had to do some prep which took longer than I had anticipated.  Foremost was that I didn’t have an appropriate ship anywhere near the systems I intended to rat in, so ended up buying and fitting out three ratting ships, and two salvaging ships, then ferrying them to where I needed them.  More on the ships later, but suffice to say it took a little while to get all this done since my corp is under a Wardec by a large alliance that is apparently very aggressive about wardeccing smaller corporations.

Despite the inconvenience and extra care I had to take moving ships around, I ran a number of anomalies in .5 (hi sec) and .4 (low sec) space.  I knew going into this I wasn’t going to get rich running anomalies in hi sec space but I was surprised at how low the overall payout on bounties was.  I know it’s been a number of years since I last ratted, but I think I recall bringing more in on hi sec anomalies in years past.  Whether my recollection is accurate, or not, hi sec anomalies are seemingly worth running now only as a last resort.  You can make a lot more ISK running missions, instead.  

I woke up yesterday looking forward to a day of running anomalies (ratting) but first had to do some prep which took longer than I had anticipated.  Foremost was that I didn’t have an appropriate ship anywhere near the systems I intended to rat in, so ended up buying and fitting out three ratting ships, and two salvaging ships, then ferrying them to where I needed them.  More on the ships later, but suffice to say it took a little while to get all this done since my corp is under a Wardec by a large alliance that is apparently very aggressive about wardeccing smaller corporations.

Even more surprising, however, was how low the bounty payouts were in low sec.  The system I was doing them in was only .4, but I truly expected higher payouts.  Averaging 5-7 Million ISK per hour in bounties is pretty low in my opinion.  It wasn’t an issue with me having problems with doing anomalies slowly (although I did have an issue with one of them), it was that I was doing them all and left the system empty.  Not sure what the re-spawn timer is on anomalies, but even if I had wanted to I couldn’t have continued because there simply weren’t any more to be done without moving to other systems.  And since I also wanted to salvage it was just too much of a pain to move ships.  Clearly I need to figure some things out so I can do a more efficient job at ratting in order to up my average ISK per hour.  Whether that means pre-positioning ships in more sectors, or what-not, it’s something I’ll look at more closely in the coming days.

Of note, I didn’t mention the level of sites I was seeing.  Which has a large impact on ISK per hour.  I won’t bother touching on hi sec anomalies, but in low sec I was seeing 4-5 most often, with some 6’s and the occasional 7 peppered in.  Up through the 6’s I was getting up to about 1.5-1.7 mil per tick, and I was doing 3 sites back to back before then going back out to salvage.  But I found I’m not ready for 7’s or up yet.  You may have noted I mentioned earlier than I purchased three ratting ships, but only two salvagers.  If you did, very astute of you, but let me just say that I bought the other two after I found out I couldn’t really handle a 7 and lost my ship.  There were several reasons why I lost my ship, but the biggest one was that I simply didn’t warp out in enough time.  I had ample time to do so but chose to push through and it ended up costing me.  Lesson learned.  That and the fact that I’m flying a ship without having fully trained tank skills and had no repper in my fit.  I was counting on speed buffer tanking and also mistakenly warped in at 0, though I was supposed to warp in at 20.  As I said, lesson learned.

So while it may technically be possible to earn more than I am, until I finish my current skill plan I have to limit myself to 6’s and I also may need to change my fit when doing higher level anomalies.  Doesn’t change my opinion, or my surprise, that the anomalies I was running were paying less than I expected.  Be that is as it may, I know Null sec is where the best anomalies are at and it’ll be a while before I move back out there.

Up to this point in my character’s life, I’ve focused on Caldari missile ships, and shield skills.  For the aspect of my training which I’ve devoted to combat related skills.  And while I’ve found Caldari ships to work great for me in the past, I’m now using the Vexor Navy Issue (VNI) to do my ratting in.  VNI’s are much cheaper than the Raven Navy Issue (RNI or CNR) I’ve flown in years past so the return on investment is infinitely better.  And the VNI has several additional advantages, not the least of which is agility which affords me some peace of mind.  There’s also the advantage that I don’t have to continuously buy ammunition.  I’ve bought stacks of light, medium, and heavy drones, which will last me a long, long time (if not forever, as long as I’m careful).

Long story short, even if I increase my efficiency somewhat, and let us assume for the sake of argument I can earn 10 mil ISK per hour ratting, it’ll take me a LONG time to earn the billions of ISK I was hoping to earn in the next few months.  100 hours of game time per billion ISK, minus the value of whatever salvage I end up selling?  At the amount I’m playing, which is a couple hours a day on average, it would take me forever to make 1 billion ISK, let alone the 10 billion ISK goal I’ve set for myself.

It’s the time of year for miracles, but some things are just a bridge too far.

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